Russell County--Fort Mitchell is located in Russell County, less than one mile west of the Chattahoochee River. The fort was established in late 1812 along the site of a horse path through the Creek Nation that allowed white settlers to cross Creek land while traveling from Georgia to the Mississippi Territory in the early 1800s.
Choctaw County--The forestry industry has been the economic backbone of the county since its creation in 1847. It is home to the Choctaw National Wildlife Refuge, an important resting place for migrating birds.
Montgomery County--The home of the state capital emerged from an antebellum economy reliant upon cotton to a modern diversified economy that now includes the automotive industry and major military bases.
Perry County--The county became a major center for education in the Black Belt. Baptists founded both Judson College (1838) and Howard College (1842). Lincoln Normal School (1867) was founded by freed slaves.